Category Archives: war/soldiers

“Itself!”, A. E. van Vogt, 1963

“Itself!”, A. E. van Vogt, 1963 – An AI submarine left-over from a past war patrols the waters, paranoid and territorial.  By luck, it destroys the crew of an alien invasion craft.  Those in charge realize the value of the … Continue reading

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“The Place Where Chicago Was,” James Judson Harmon, 1962

“The Place Where Chicago Was,” James Judson Harmon, 1962 – The state seeks to make its “do no harm” ideal a reality.  Its sonic controls create a world of compulsory vegetarianism, as well as simulated battles and citizens who are … Continue reading

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“Uncalculated Risk,” Christopher Anvil, 1962

“Uncalculated Risk,” Christopher Anvil (Harry Crosby), 1962 — General Berenger is skeptical about the roles of science and technology will be able to play in maintaining America’s military advantage.  In fact, he’s of the opinion that the world might be … Continue reading

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“Old Hundreth,” Brian Aldiss, 1960

“Old Hundreth,” Brian Aldiss, 1960 – A story of far earth and the human calvacade that marched through time to reach it, now transcended (uploaded) to a static plane of mingled personality.  This long-forgotten human civilization has left behind its … Continue reading

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“Doctor,” Henry Slesar, 1960

“Doctor,” Henry Slesar, 1960 – (short short) A doctor who specializes in creating “perfect memories” must consult an employment office.  He’s out of a job, as humanity has just passed through a devastating war and no one wants to remember … Continue reading

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“The Oldest Soldier,” Fritz Leiber, 1960

“The Oldest Soldier,” Fritz Leiber, 1960 –Friends discuss the history of weapons while having drinks at their favorite hang out, Sol’s Liquor Shop in Chicago.  After, the narrator reflects on his hatred of war, complicated as it is by his … Continue reading

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“Cease Fire,” Frank Herbert, 1958

“Cease Fire,” Frank Herbert, 1958 — An operator at an outpost near enemy territory is nearly killed by enemy fire.  Both sides possess a device that can detect the other. The operator has scientific training and has come up with … Continue reading

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“Two Dooms,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1958

“Two Dooms,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1958 – Los Alamos, May 1945: Edward Royland is a theoretical physicist pondering the ethics of creating the atom bomb.  He’s transported by a Native American fable/ritual (and peyote) to a world where the Nazis … Continue reading

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“No, no, not Rogov!” Cordwainer Smith, 1959

“No, no, not Rogov!” Cordwainer Smith, 1950 – Cherpas and Rogov are good Soviets who doggedly carry out Stalin’s orders for a machine that can read all EM radiation, including thoughts, for the purpose of spying and suppressing thought.  With … Continue reading

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“Casey Agonistes,” Richard McKenna, 1958

“Casey Agonistes,” Richard McKenna, 1958 – Veterans left to die in hospital beds take the only recourse available—hallucinating a gorilla. Comments: Read in Best of the Best and Modern Classics of Science Fiction.  In the latter, editor Gardner Dozois said … Continue reading

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“The Hated,” Paul Flehr (Frederik Pohl), 1958

“The Hated,” Paul Flehr (Frederik Pohl), 1958 — Byron, an astronaut, has returned from his mission to Mars and is attempting to re-acclimate to civilian life.  One of the restrictions on his pension stipulates that he must stay out of … Continue reading

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“The Gentlest Unpeople,” Frederik Pohl, 1958

“The Gentlest Unpeople,” Frederik Pohl, 1958 — (alternate title: “The Gentlest Venusian”) Popagator and The Slide are playing whirlarang, a popular game and one that is integral to their culture.  Since their society has done away with war, they’ve relegated … Continue reading

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“Vengeance for Nikolai,” Walter M. Miller, Jr, 1957

“Vengeance for Nikolai,” Walter M. Miller, Jr, 1957 — Marya, a young Russian woman, is asked by a Russian general to assassinate the brilliant American (Ami) leader who is routing their troops.  This leader also is responsible for the attack … Continue reading

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“Thunder and Roses,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1947

“Thunder and Roses,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1947 – After a devastating nuclear attack on the U.S., a songstress working for the military consoles her doomed countrymen and argues against retaliation. Comments: Read in the The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology. Author: Wikipedia: … Continue reading

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“Quit Zoomin’ Those Hands Through the Air,” Jack Finney, 1951

“Quit Zoomin’ Those Hands Through the Air,” Jack Finney, 1951 – The real first pilot tells his grandson how, during the Civil War, he traveled through time to the Smithsonian of the future and highjacked the Wright Brothers plane to … Continue reading

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“Honorable Opponent,” Clifford Simak, 1956

“Honorable Opponent,” Clifford Simak, 1956 — A general can’t understand why his alien opponents don’t conform to the traditional practices of war until he realizes that they consider war a game. They have no need to negotiate the surrender or … Continue reading

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“The Hour of Battle,” Robert Sheckley, 1953

“The Hour of Battle,” Robert Sheckley, 1953 — A spaceship from Earth lands on a planet inhabited by vicious, telepathic aliens, which immediately possess the pilot of the scout ship.  The pilot of the main ship escapes and is able … Continue reading

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“Fair,” John Brunner, 1956

“Fair,” John Brunner, 1956 — A man rides an escalator to the top of the “fair.” Along the way, he muses on media saturation, speed, loss of intimacy, generational conflict, youth, the dumbing down of culture, guilt for the wars … Continue reading

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“The First Canticle,” Walter M. Miller, Jr, 1955

“The First Canticle,” Walter M. Miller, Jr, 1955 — Wikipedia: “Set in a Catholic monastery in the desert of the southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. The monks … Continue reading

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“Autofac,” Philip K. Dick, 1955

“Autofac,” Philip K. Dick, 1955 – Humans attempt to turn off a network of machines that endlessly produces a set of items that a long-gone bureaucracy has determined are essential to their lives. The survivors wish to begin post-war Reconstruction, … Continue reading

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